Your Guide to 238 Great Causes

By Hannah Wallace Photography by Rebecca Baxter September 1, 2009

asset_upload_file916_28478.jpgEach organization in our register holds a 501(c)3 designation and is locally headquartered. Additionally, most hold public fund raisers that invite the community to have some fun while supporting a cause. (For a schedule of the season’s biggest nonprofit events, see our social calendar.) And of course, in addition to financial contributions, many of these organizations rely on volunteers to carry out their missions. Here you’ll find ways you can do your part.

Agape Flights 

100 Airport Ave., Venice, FL 34285

(941) 488-0990

Interdenominational Christian ministry and resource center for missionary families, providing weekly flights for mail and critical and emergency supplies, short-term volunteer teams, distribution of medical and other ministry supplies. Executive director: Charles Gardner Mission statement: To share the good news of Jesus Christ and serve missionaries in the Caribbean and beyond, all to the glory of God. Volunteer opportunities: Sort mail, package medicine and donated supplies, aircraft and facility maintenance, computer entry, office work, Web page design.

All Children’s

Hospital Guild

of Sarasota and Manatee

4865 48th St. W., Suite 912, Bradenton, FL 34210

(941) 400-1499

President: Neil Fleet Mission statement: To enhance the availability of services and quality of care for the children of Sarasota and Manatee counties through fund raising and community awareness for All Children’s Specialty Care Centers of Sarasota and Manatee and All Children’s Hospital of St. Petersburg. Volunteer opportunities: Visit Web site or call for information.

All Faiths Food Bank

8171 Blaikie Court,

Sarasota, FL 34240  

(941) 379-6333

Solicits, warehouses,

processes and distributes food to nonprofit agency partners offering hunger relief. Executive director: Daniel E. Dunn

Mission statement: To feed those in need, reduce food waste and educate the community about hunger and nutrition. Volunteer opportunities: Sorters

and events.

All-Star Children’s Foundation

15 Paradise Plaza, Suite 335, Sarasota, FL 34242

(941) 312-9049

Executive director: Kim Weinberg Mission statement: To break the cycle of child abuse, neglect and abandonment.

ALSO Out Youth

1470 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 951-2576

A drop-in center, outreach support groups, HIV education, youth speak-out panel and diversity training. Executive director: Candace Sorensen Mission statement: To promote the health and safety of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, intersex and questioning youth. Volunteer opportunities: Support group facilitators, office work, special events, program presenters.

Alzheimer’s Association

Florida Gulf Coast Chapter

1230 S. Tuttle Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 365-8883

Executive director: Gloria J.T. Smith Mission statement: To provide a support system for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease through patient and family services, education, advocacy and research. Volunteer opportunities: Special events committees, support group facilitation, leadership council, office support and special projects.

American Cancer Society

Sarasota Unit

2801 Fruitville Road, Suite 250, Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 328-3754; (800) ACS-2345

Executive director: Cynthia Dunlap Mission statement: To eliminate cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Volunteer opportunities: Road to Recovery coordinator, community outreach, drivers, health fair, event planning, speakers, advocacy, early detection and prevention education, office.

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

1107 Blue Heron Blvd. N.,

St. Petersburg, FL 33716

(941) 929-5051

Regional director: Julie Johnston Mission statement: To build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Volunteer opportunities: Heart Walk, Go Red for Women Luncheon, spokespeople.

American Jewish Committee

West Coast Florida Chapter

2055 Wood St., Suite 218,

Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 365-4955

Established in 1906 to work toward a world in which all people are accorded respect and dignity. Executive director: Brian Lipton Mission statement: To safeguard the welfare and security of Jews in the United States, in Israel and throughout the world; to strengthen the basic principles of pluralism around the world as the best defense against anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry; to enhance the quality of American Jewish life by helping to ensure Jewish continuity and deepen ties between American and Israeli Jews. Volunteer opportunities: Standing committees related to programs, membership, development, community relations, education and pluralism and ad hoc committees.

American Red Cross

Southwest Florida Chapter

2001 Cantu Court,

Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 379-9300

Executive director: Kevin Lindberg Mission statement: To provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Volunteer opportunities: Disaster mitigation, disaster relief, health and safety instruction, clerical, data entry and reception.

Animal Rescue Coalition

47 S. Palm Ave., Suite 209, Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 957-1955 ext. 8

Executive director: Roberta C. Druif Mission statement: To end the killing of adoptable dogs and cats in Sarasota and Manatee counties by means of a proactive spay/neuter program, comprehensive adoption efforts and various other initiatives designed to recognize the profound benefits to people of animal companionship. Volunteer opportunities: Events, feral cat program, foster program, reception.

Art Center Sarasota

707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 365-2032

Sarasota’s oldest arts and cultural organization. Manager: Fayanne Hayes Mission statement: To provide a destination that promotes the expression of and the appreciation for the visual arts in the community through excellence in education, exhibitions and services. Volunteer opportunities: Front desk receptionist, mailing committee, grant research assistants, volunteer coordinator, hospitality committee, exhibition assistance for hanging, receptions and receiving, newspaper and magazine article clipper, education set-up, handyman and garden.

Arthritis Foundation

Southwest Region

410 12th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205

(800) 741-4008

Community development director: Lee Lewis Mission statement: To improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases. Volunteer opportunities: Arthritis education, special projects/events, community advocate, clerical duties, fund raising and volunteer instructors to be trained for exercise or aqua programs, tai chi for arthritis and the arthritis self-help course.

The Artist Series of Sarasota

1800 Ben Franklin Drive, B-506,

Sarasota, FL 34236   

(941) 388-1188

Presenting world-class classical and light classic music with an expanded season of

42 concerts (36 of which are in the restored Historic Asolo Theater at the Ringling Museum). Executive director: John Fischer Mission statement: To present live concerts for the enjoyment and cultural enrichment of audiences in Sarasota and surrounding communities, and to support the musical education of promising young musicians through college scholarships. Volunteer opportunities: Ushers, artist transportation, office work, fund raising.

Asolo Repertory Theatre

5555 N. Tamiami Trail,

Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 351-8000

Producing artistic director: Michael Donald Edwards Mission statement: To entertain, engage and inspire through the highest quality professional repertory theater and superior educational programs. Volunteer opportunities: Ushers, tour guides, gift shop, administrative and special events.

Banyan Theater Company

P.O. Box 49483, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 358-5330

Executive director: Jerry M. Finn Mission statement: To produce theater in the summer, to showcase outstanding actors performing in plays of high literary merit, and to maintain a summer theater festival in Sarasota to rival similar attractions in other areas of the country. Volunteer opportunities: Box office, prop search, backstage, ushers.

Bethesda House

1670 Fourth St.,

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-1886

A ministry of Catholic Charities that provides group support, case management, a food pantry, laundry, shower, assistance with housing and benefits to those infected with and affected by the HIV/AIDS virus. Executive director: Sandy Gallagher, L.C.S.W. Mission statement: To provide warm and compassionate services that respond to the physical, emotional and social needs of persons diagnosed with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Volunteer opportunities: Transportation, food pantry, shopping, food drive, fund raising, gardening.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast Inc.

2831 Ringling Blvd., A-201,

Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 331-4376

President and CEO: Joy Mahler Mission statement: To help children reach their potential through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships with measurable impact. Volunteer opportunities: Adult volunteer mentors

for children.

Big Cat Habitat and Sanctuary

P.O. Box 50127, Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 350-6828

A permanent safe home for exotic animals in need. Executive director: Kay Rosaire Mission statement: To give people an opportunity to have a close encounter with exotic animals in an entertaining and educational environment; to foster appreciation for animals and stress the importance of habitat preservation. Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising, help with weekend demonstrations, flyer distribution, yard care, habitat construction, grant writing, cleaning, food prep and more.

Boys & Girls Clubs

of Sarasota County

P.O. Box 4068, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 366-3911

President and CEO: J. Mack Reid Mission statement: To inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Breast Health Sarasota Inc.

3663 Bee Ridge Road,

Sarasota, FL 34233  

(941) 927-2226

Raises funds for Sarasota women and their families in need. Chairs: Deanna Doyle, M.D.; Suellen Kaeb Mission statement: To facilitate breast cancer prevention and early detection for women of Sarasota County in need. Volunteer opportunities: Call for opportunities.

Camp Florida

Fish Tales

P.O. Box 21682, Sarasota, FL 34276

(941) 921-9182

Week-long, barrier-free, wheelchair-accessible camp for children with medical or physical disabilities. Also organizes monthly day trips called Camp Fish Tales Day Dreamz. Executive director: Muffet Einwag Mission statement: To provide a unique camping atmosphere for those with special challenges. Volunteer opportunities: Camp counselors, EMTs, lifeguards, nurses, physical and occupational therapists.

Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School

4171 Fruitville Road,

Sarasota, FL 34232  

(941) 371-4917

Provides a quality education centered in gospel values. President: Sister Mary Lucia Haas Mission statement: To provide an excellent values-based education in a small family-oriented environment while emphasizing service to God and the community. Volunteer opportunities: Event coordination, donation solicitation, ticket sales, mailings, computer entry, decorating, hospitality.

Cat Depot

2542 17th St., Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 351-0824

Shelter for homeless cats, as well as education and support of feline care, behavior and husbandry. Executive director: Shelley Thayer Mission statement: To reduce the need to shelter homeless cats and to provide shelter for homeless cats until good homes are found. Volunteer opportunities: Cat cuddling (socializing), fund raisers.

Catholic Charities,

Diocese of Venice Inc.

1000 Pinebrook Road,

Venice, FL 34285  

(941) 488-5581

President and CEO: Peter Routsis-Arroyo Mission statement: To serve and empower all in need, regardless of race, nationality or creed, in devotion and adherence to the teachings of Jesus and the Catholic Church. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Center for Autism Resources and Education

6215 Lorraine Road,

Bradenton, FL 34202  

(941) 758-4529

Committed to providing resources to families and professionals who are affected by the rising epidemic of autism. Executive director: Dr. Kirstina Ordetx Mission statement: To assess the needs of the community for specialized services and support, provide ongoing training opportunities and workshops, address the needs of the whole family, increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders in the community, organize monthly support through group meetings, offer resources on various topics through the Parent and Professional Resource Library, support the professional pediatric community in the early identification of children who may be at-risk for autism spectrum disorder. Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising, the Parent and Professional Resource Library, speaker’s bureau.

Charis Center Inc.

4041 Bahia Vista St.,

Sarasota, FL 34232  

(941) 378-1549

Offers professional counseling and family-life education for all ages. Executive director: Shirley Good Mission statement: To provide professional counseling and family-life education services to meet the emotional, relational and spiritual needs of individuals and families.

Child Protection Center Inc.

1750 17th St., Building L,

Sarasota, FL 34234  

(941) 365-1277

Executive director: Harold H. Hedley Mission statement: To facilitate child abuse prevention, intervention and treatment. Volunteer opportunities: Supervise court-ordered visits between noncustodial parents and children; assist with special events and fund raising.

Children First

1723 N. Orange Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34234  

(941) 953-3877

Provides comprehensive services to more than 550 of Sarasota County’s lowest-income families and their children from birth to five years. Executive director: Philip D. Tavill Mission statement: To strengthen children and families by improving the quality of their lives through a comprehensive approach to development, education, health and well-being. Volunteer opportunities: Call Richard Redding, quality assurance manager.

The Children’s Guardian Fund

P.O. Box 49722, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 861-4875

Fund-raising arm for the Guardian ad Litem Program in the 12th Judicial Circuit serving Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties. Program manager: Judith Watson Mission statement: To provide legal and volunteer support for more than 1,000 children in the 12th Judicial Circuit courts.

Circus Sarasota

8251 15th St. E., Suite B,

Sarasota, FL 34243  

(941) 355-9335

Produces public performances, education and human service programs throughout the year. Executive director: Pedro Reis Mission statement: To provide programs at the highest level through education, human service and the performing arts. Volunteer opportunities: Ushers, administrative, box office and gala committee.

Coastal Resources Foundation Inc.

359 W. Dearborn St.,

Englewood, FL 34295-1207  

(941) 474-7768

Raises funds for youth-oriented projects and gives grants to teachers for special projects about the environment, state and country. Executive director: R. Earl Warren Mission statement: To help youth achieve their goals with grants and scholarships. Volunteer opportunities: Coordinate and run local events. Manage and operate Cora Stroh Environmental Youth Park on Beach Road in Englewood.

Community AIDS Network

1231 N. Tuttle Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34237  

(941) 366-0461

Executive director: Susan Terry Mission statement: To provide services and programs to HIV-positive people including medical, dental, case management, education and therapy. Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising, administrative, HIV testing, counseling.

Community Coalition on Homelessness

701 17th Avenue

Bradenton, FL 34205 

(941) 747-1509

Open door services include a hot cup of coffee, showers, computer café, laundry service, food stamps application, mail, Florida IDs, funding for security and rental deposit. Also houses Our Daily Bread where the homeless can get a hot meal daily.  Executive Director Adell Erozer Mission statement

:  Provide, facilitate and coordinate services to the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless. Volunteer opportunities:  Support staff, office work, special events, speakers’ bureau.

The Community Foundation

of Sarasota County

2635 Fruitville Road,

Sarasota, FL 34237  

(941) 955-3000

Since 1999, when it was founded by the Southwest Florida Planned Giving Council, the Community Foundation has connected diverse sectors of the community in partnerships that leverage charitable giving. Also strengthens nonprofits and helps them to better serve and fulfill their missions. President and CEO: Stewart W. Stearns Mission statement: To provide stewardship to the communities, enabling caring individuals and organizations to increase their ability to serve. Volunteer opportunities: Clerical work, special events and projects.

From June 1, 2008-

May 31, 2009

Assets: $134 million

Total grants: $6,891,475

Number of grants: 1,102

Range of grants: $250 to

$1.7 million

Total scholarships: $1,076,034

Number of scholarships: 532

Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities

4405 Desoto Road,

Sarasota, FL 34235  

(941) 355-8808

Helps lives of children, teens and adults with disabilities through education, occupational training, skill training, employment services and community living programs. President and CEO: Peggy J. Connell Mission statement: To empower the lives of children, teens and adults with disabilities, one person at a time. Volunteer opportunities: Selby preschool, plant nursery, CHAC farm project, administration, maintenance, occupational training program,  Active Arts.

Community Mobile Meals of Sarasota County Inc.

P.O. Box 178, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 366-6693

Executive director: Janet Traynor Mission statement: To deliver noon meals six days a week, holidays included, 52 weeks a year to shut-ins in Sarasota. Volunteer opportunities: Drivers, kitchen workers.

The Community

Music School

of Southwest Florida

7222 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 236, Sarasota, FL 34238

(941) 587-4026

Individual and group music instruction in all instruments and voice. More than half the school’s students are on scholarship or are in no-fee group programs. Executive director: Mary C. Geldi Mission statement: To provide individual and group music instruction to anyone who wants to learn, regardless of age, experience or ability to play. Volunteer opportunities: Teaching, office, fund raising, events, program assistance, newsletter, publicity, grant writing, board of trustees and community advisory board.

The Community Pharmacy

of Sarasota County

225 Tamiami Trail S.,

Nokomis, FL 34275

(941) 445-5687

Has provided access to more than $875,000 worth of prescription assistance to qualified Sarasota County residents. Executive director: Kimberly Chmielewski Mission statement: To provide access to routine prescriptions to uninsured and needy residents. Volunteer opportunities: Licensed pharmacists, pharmacy techs, clerical, reception.

Community Video Archives

1235 S. Tamiami Trail,

Sarasota, FL 34239  

(941) 365-7052

President: Annette Scherman Mission statement: To record and preserve a living history of the community and its outstanding people. Volunteer opportunities: All-volunteer organization, except for professional video producers, who are paid per project.

Community Youth Development

4409 Sawyer Road,

Sarasota, FL 34233  

(941) 922-5126

Provides positive, drug-free activities for Sarasota County teens. Executive director: Karen Bogues Mission statement: To enrich the lives of teens through partnerships with adults to create opportunities for youth to make positive choices. Volunteer opportunities: Office work, event planning.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service

of Central Florida and the Florida Gulf Coast Inc.

750 17th St., Unit H,

Sarasota, FL 34234

(800) 741-7040

Provides confidential financial, credit and housing counseling, education services and debt repayment program.

CEO: Richard J. Skaggs Mission statement: To help people achieve financial wellness. Volunteer opportunities: Education presenters, English

and Spanish.

Crowley Museum and Nature Center

16405 Myakka Road,

Sarasota, FL 34240  

(941) 322-1000

A nature and pioneer history center located on 190 acres adjacent to Myakka River; nature trails, historic buildings, weekly programs and picnic areas. Executive director: Bill Cowdright Mission statement: To facilitate education and enjoyment and promote responsible stewardship of Southwest Florida nature and history. Volunteer opportunities: Land and building maintenance, historic research, trail guides, school programs, museum collections and exhibits, building restoration.

Designing Women Boutique

1226 N. Tamiami Trail,

Sarasota, FL 34236  

(941) 366-5293

Sarasota’s premier philan-thropic shopping experience for consigned, donated and new designer fashion and accessories, home furnishings, accents, antiques and collectibles. Executive director: Pamela Day Mission statement: To meaningfully grow the funding for arts and human services through innovative marketing of unique couture apparel, fine home furnishings and estate liquidation. Volunteer opportunities: Sales, computer work, event coordination, administrative support/secretarial services, speaker’s bureau.

Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota

P.O. Box 2453, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 957-0404

Artistic director: Philip Alexander Mission statement: To enhance the musical and cultural lives of members and audiences and prompt the acceptance of diversity through the presentation of quality choral music. Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising, ticket and advertising sales, concert production.

The Dreams are Free School at Bishop Nevins Academy

4380 Fruitville Road,

Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 366-4010

A faith-friendly Catholic school for children six to 14 with learning disabilities. Registrar: Dawn Gordon Mission statement: To nurture the spiritual and academic growth and development of students with learning disabilities. Volunteer opportunities: Call for opportunities.

Ear Research Foundation

1901 Floyd St., Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 365-0367

Executive director: Jennifer Moss President and founder: Herbert Silverstein, M.D., F.A.C.S. Mission statement: To research into finding better treatments for hearing loss and balance problems, education of physicians and the public and providing community service, including care for under-insured patients. Volunteer opportunities: Call for opportunities.

Easter Seals

Southwest Florida Inc.

350 Braden Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34243  

(941) 355-7637

Provides services for individuals with disabilities of all ages and their families. Therapy, respite services and an alternative high school program are available for youth, while adult day services, including art instruction, are offered to those over age 22. President and CEO: Bill Lloyd Mission statement: To create solutions that change lives through high-quality therapeutic, educational and support services for children, adults and families. Volunteer opportunities: Event planning, community involvement opportunities, board and committee membership.

Education Foundation

of Sarasota

County Inc.

1960 Landings Blvd.,

Sarasota, FL 34231  

(941) 927-0965

Secures private funds to ensure educational opportunities that public dollars cannot provide for more than 41,000 children in local schools. Executive director: Cindy Kaiser Mission statement: To invest in every child’s success through the generosity of our community. Volunteer opportunities: Grant readers, science-fair judges, scholarship selection and event fund-raiser committees.

Englewood Helping Hand Inc.

700 E. Dearborn St.,

Englewood, FL 34223  

(941) 474-5864

Community-supported social services agency that offers food pantry, rent/mortgage assistance, utilities assistance and referrals. State of Florida ACCESS computer, fax and phone for food stamps, Medicaid and temporary cash assistance. Executive director: Victoria Rice Mission statement: To provide social services to Englewood area residents. Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising and food pantry work.

Every Child Inc.

1700 North Drive,

Sarasota, FL 34239  

(941) 953-2277

All-volunteer group. Executive director: Judy Alexander Mission statement: To encourage children who live in Sarasota’s four housing projects to stay in school by providing school supplies, holiday parties, supporting after-school programs and summer camps, as well as operating a food pantry and clothes closet. Volunteer opportunities: Donations and distribution of school supplies, new books, holiday gifts.

Families Against Addictive Drug Abuse

5317 Fruitville Road, Box 121, Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 256-5092

Executive director: Cindy Harney Mission statement: To reduce the abuse of prescription drugs and the use of illicit drugs in Florida through education, networking and advocacy from the community level upward. Volunteer opportunities: Handing out literature; assistance with mailings and fund raising.

Family Network on Disabilities

of Manatee/Sarasota Inc.

P.O. Box 110025,

Bradenton, FL 34211  

(941) 928-0682

Executive director: Mary Smith Mission statement: To provide support, training, education, information and advocacy to parents and families of individuals with disabilities, special needs and the community at large. Volunteer opportunities: Annual disability conference, workshops, special projects and fund-raising events.


of Christian Athletes

12254 Hollybush Terrace,

Lakewood Ranch FL 34202  

(941) 539-6083

Area director/coaches ministry director: Jason Golden Mission statement: To impact the world for Jesus Christ, one coach at a time. Volunteer opportunities: Contact for more information.

Fine Arts Society

of Sarasota Inc.

P.O. Box 1432, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 330-0680

Founded in 1969, the Society provides cultural and educational opportunities for its members and organizes projects that benefit the community and its visitors. The Society’s art collection is on public display at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. President: Alice Allen Mission statement: To promote and stimulate appreciation of the arts of Sarasota County; to establish a permanent collection of artwork by local artists and nationally recognized artists with a Florida connection; to provide community outreach grants and awards; and to provide scholarships for students studying fine arts. Volunteer opportunities: All-volunteer organization; welcomes members of all skills and interests.

First Step of Sarasota

1970 Main St., Fifth Floor, Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-5333

A comprehensive center for drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation serving more than 15,000 individuals, primarily from Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties. Executive director: David J. Beesley Mission statement: To prevent and treat alcohol and drug addictions and associated disorders. Fostering fully functioning, productive individuals by offering a full array of services in partnership with our community. Volunteer opportunities: Infant caregivers, fund-raising events, teaching yoga or art lessons to clients.

First Tee

of Sarasota Manatee

4156 Via Mirada, Sarasota, FL 34238  (941) 993-0046

Provide people of all backgrounds ages five to 18 an opportunity to develop life-enhancing values including confidence, perseverence and judgment through the game of golf. Currently touches the lives of more than 1,200 children. Director: David Windsor Mission statement: To impact the lives of young people by prividing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and values through the game of golf. Volunteer opportunities: Coaches, event planning and execution, board and committees.

The Florida Center for Child and Family Development

4620 17th St., Sarasota, FL 34235

(941) 371-8820

Works to strengthen and support families by providing prevention and early intervention services and mental-health counseling expertise. Executive director: Katheryn E. Shea, L.C.S.W. Mission statement: To promote the healthy development of young children, their families and our communities. Volunteer opportunities: Call (941) 371-8820 ext. 1123.

Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch

Bradenton/Sarasota Campus

751 Rye Wilderness Road, Bradenton, FL 34212

(941) 776-1777

Residential program to nurture needy, neglected boys and girls and provide a warm sense of security, guidance and tenderness. Program director: John Vertich Mission statement: To prevent juvenile delinquency and develop lawful, productive citizens through a broad range of family-centered activities. Volunteer opportunities: Tutors, mentors.

Florida Studio

Theatre Inc.

1241 N. Palm Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-9017

Professional theater that presents the finest in contemporary American theater. Artistic director: Richard Hopkins Mission statement: To make theater accessible and affordable to as many people as possible; to present theater that challenges with as much gusto as it entertains; to be a positive, vital change agent in the community; to operate within and for the public trust with fiscal responsibility. Volunteer opportunities: Parking concierge, ushering, administration and production.

Florida Winefest and Auction Inc.

P.O. Box 4193, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 952-1109

Premier food and wine event that funds grants for disadvantaged children’s programs and at-risk youth in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Volunteer executive director: Sandy W. Loevner Mission statement: To provide the children of our community the opportunity and encouragement they need to realize their dreams and potential while providing the life skills necessary to become productive members of society. Volunteer opportunities: Call for opportunities.

Assets: $450,000

Total grants: 29

Range of grants: $5,000-$50,000

Forty Carrots

Family Center

1500 S. Tuttle Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34239  

(941) 365-7716

Parenting education programs that focus on the first five years of life; accredited preschool and professional training center. Executive director: Betsy Kane-Hartnett Mission statement: To strengthen families through educational programs for parents, their children and professionals in the field. Volunteer opportunities: Special events, grant writing, clerical, data entry, graphic design and more.

The Foundation

for Dreams

3938 S.R. 64 E.,

Bradenton, FL 34208

(941) 748-8809

Funds and operates Dream Oaks Camp, a camp for children ages seven to 17 with physical and developmental disabilities. Executive director: Jodi Franke Mission statement: To provide fun, educational and recreational experiences in an outdoor camp environment; to enhance the lives of children ages seven to 17 with physical and developmental disabilities and serious illnesses. Volunteer opportunities: Camp activities, office, special projects and events.

Founders Garden Club

of Sarasota

3349 Bougainvillea St., Sarasota, FL 34238  (941) 927-0749

Member of Garden Clubs of America. President: Rebecca McFadden Mission statement: To stimulate interest in horticulture and the artistic use of plant material; to promote the protection of trees, shrubs, wild flowers and birds; to encourage civic beautification; to foster education regarding conservation and preservation of natural resources.

Friends of Sarasota

County Parks

6700 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL 34241  

(941) 486-2706

President: Marshall Pridmore Mission statement: To build a partnership between Sarasota County parks and the community; to preserve parkland and encourage donations to the parks. Volunteer opportunities: This is a volunteer organization dedicated to the establishment of volunteer chapters at every county park/facility.

Friends of the Selby Public Library Inc.

P.O. Box 2255, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 365-5228

President: Jeanne Brown Mission statement: To support and coordinate with Selby Public Library and the community in the development of services by raising funds, providing a volunteer base to assist library staff and advocating the use and growth of library services. Volunteer opportunities: Bookstore

and library volunteers.

G.WIZ—The Science Museum

1001 Boulevard of the Arts,

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 309-4949

The Blivas science and technology center. Museum director: Molly Demeulenaere Mission statement: To be the gateway for lifelong adventures in science. Volunteer opportunities: Admissions, museum docent, summer camp.

Gifts From God

of Sarasota Inc.

1872 18th St., Sarasota, FL 34234

(941) 485-4707

Services include the Salt Light and Grits Food Pantry and the Barnabas House Men’s Residential Discipleship Program. Executive director: Michael Butterfield Mission statement: Reach the needy for Christ. Volunteer opportunities: Serve meals to the poor and homeless Sundays at 3 p.m. and Tuesdays at 5 p.m.; Adopt-a-Block Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Inc.

4780 Cattlemen Road,

Sarasota, FL 34233  

(941) 921-5358

Designed to meet the needs and interests of girls ages five through 17 and help them reach their full potential in a supportive, all-girl environment. CEO: Sandi Stewart Mission statement: To build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Volunteer opportunities: Leaders, mentors, event directors, trainers and workshop coordinators, consultants, fund raisers, drivers and speakers.

Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County

201 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, FL 34237  

(941) 366-6646

Local affiliate of a national nonprofit youth organization dedicated to empowering girls aged six and up to be self-confident, responsible and well-rounded individuals. Executive director: Stephania Feltz Mission statement: Inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold. Volunteer opportunities: Tutoring, sports, program facilitation, reading, storytelling and more.

Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center

1750 17th St., Building J-1,

Sarasota, FL 34234  

(941) 365-4545

Seventeen nonprofit social agencies co-located on a campus and comprising 13 rent-free office buildings that provide preventive and treatment services to the less advantaged in Sarasota. President: Phillip King Mission statement: To enhance the human services delivery system by making low-cost services accessible on one campus and maximizing resources for services to the underserved by providing free office space to service providers. Volunteer opportunities: Assistance with files.

The Glenridge Performing Arts Center

7333 Scotland Way,

Sarasota, FL 34238

A 260-seat performing arts hall that presents live theater, concerts, dance and lectures. Rents to other organizations for recitals, meetings, concerts. Executive director: Ben Turoff Mission statement: To present the finest and highest quality entertainment possible in a variety of productions ranging from classical music and jazz to Broadway, comedy, drama, lectures, films and dance. Volunteer opportunities: Ushers, ticket takers, office work, occasional opportunities for stage and house managers.

Gloria Musicae

P.O. Box 3863, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 954-4223

Professional chamber chorus. Executive director: June

LeBell Mission statement: To perform the highest quality music covering a broad spectrum of choral literature. Volunteer opportunities: Office work, mailings, performance setup and grant writing.

Goodwill Foundation

7501 15th St. E.,

Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 355-2721

Fund-raising arm of Goodwill Industries-Manasota, which provides employment, housing and neighborhood services to more than 9,000 individuals annually throughout Manatee, Sarasota, Hardee and DeSoto counties. President and CEO: Don Roberts Mission statement:

To turn donations into good jobs, good homes and good neighborhoods. Volunteer opportunities: G.I.V.S. volunteer neighborhood program.

Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association

P.O. Box 1665, Venice, FL 34284

(941) 366-0445

Executive director: Judy Christman Mission statement: To introduce juniors to the world of golf. Volunteer opportunities: Instruction, registration and scorekeeping.

Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice

601 Tamiami Trail S.,

Venice, FL 34285  

(941) 486-4600

Florida’s largest community foundation, Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice uses its resources to identify and respond to community needs and opportunities. Serves donors who wish to create a legacy in the community. President and CEO: Teri A. Hansen Mission statement: To improve the quality of life in the communities it serves. Volunteer opportunities: Grants and scholarships  review committees.

Assets: $236 million

Total grants: $8.6 million

Number of grants: 1,017

Range of grants: $50-$389,449

Average grants size: $8,456

Gulf Coast Diabetes Foundation

2100 Constitution Blvd.,

Sarasota, FL 34231

(941) 957-5099

Receives funds from other organizations, including the

Venice Leadership Academy and Florida Winefest. President: Walter Konrady Mission statement: To establish and administer funds to benefit people with diabetes in the Florida Gulf Coast region. Volunteer opportunities: Board members.

Gulfcoast Legal Services Inc.

1750 17th St., Unit I,

Sarasota, FL 34234  

(941) 366-1746

Executive director: John P. Cunningham Mission statement: To provide high-quality legal services and to establish, advance and protect the rights of low-income persons to health, basic shelter, income and quality of life. To persons who are without adequate means to employ other counsel, GLS provides civil legal assistance in the areas of elder law, housing, predatory lending, tenants’ rights, mobile home law, consumer law, disability, domestic violence dissolution, immigration and farm workers’ rights. Volunteer opportunities: Volunteer attorneys, internships, secretarial assistance.

Habitat for Humanity

Sarasota Inc.

1757 N. East Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34234

(941) 365-0700

Executive director: Tony Souza Mission statement: To provide decent, affordable housing for people in need so they may build better lives for their families. Volunteer opportunities: Construction, committees, office help, special events, home improvement outlet and furniture store help.

Habitat for Humanity

South Sarasota County Inc.

280 Alligator Drive,

Venice, FL 34293  

(941) 493-6606

Executive director: Judith H. Wilcox Mission statement: To work in partnership with low-income families for them to build, renovate and purchase a home. Volunteer opportunities: Construction, office assistance, family selection, family support communities, church liaison, site selection, newsletter, speaker’s bureau, finance and development, retail, repair of furniture and appliances.

Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County Inc.

1750 17th St., Building A,

Sarasota, FL 34234  

(941) 373-7070

Public-private partnership of agencies and individuals dedicated to improved pregnancy outcomes and the optimum growth and development of young children. Executive director: Jennifer Highland Mission statement: To improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, infants and small children. Volunteer opportunities: Staffing the pregnancy resource center.

Hearts Afire

1425 S. Osprey Ave., #7,

Sarasota, FL 34239  

(941) 552-1584

Florida-based international organization focusing on delivering three foundational pillars of service: outreach missions, evangelical/family mission trips and children’s Christian summer camp scholarship programs. President: Vilma M. Vega, M.D. Mission statement: To transform lives on the mission field through the promotion of healthcare, education and evangelical outreach. Volunteer opportunities: Team members to join trips to various Third World countries; office help.

The Hermitage Artist Retreat

6660 Manasota Key Road,

Sarasota, FL 34223  

(941) 475-2098

An artist community inspiring creativity with Old Florida history, tropical ecology and communal living with fellow Hermitage artists and the Gulf Coast community. Executive director: Bruce Rodgers Mission statement: To nurture creativity, preserve a Florida historic site, protect native ecology and serve the Gulf Coast community. Volunteer opportunities: Hospitality, transportation, beautification, fund raising, docents, events.

Hispanic-American Center

3930 17th St., Sarasota, FL 34235

(941) 955-3934

A program of the Diocese of Venice that helps newly arrived immigrants adapt to life in Sarasota. Executive director: Father Celestino Gutierrez Mission statement: To provide information and referral for social services, promote pride in heritage, foster cultural awareness and encourage meaningful participation in the wider community. Volunteer opportunities: Bilingual receptionists, fund-raising committee, holiday project, toys and food for the needy.

Historic Spanish Point

337 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229

(941) 966-5214

A 30-acre accredited museum on Little Sarasota Bay, Osprey. Historic buildings, gardens, nature trails, exhibits. Owned by Gulf Coast Heritage Association Inc. Executive director: Linda W. Mansperger Mission statement: To connect people of today with 5,000 years of human history in Southwest Florida by preserving and interpreting objects significant to our region’s past. Volunteer opportunities: Docents, tour guides, store clerks, receptionists

and gardeners.

Humane Society

of Sarasota County Inc.

2331 15th St., Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 955-4131

Executive director: Deborah Robbins Millman Mission statement: To promote responsible pet ownership and secure permanent homes for all adoptable animals. Volunteer opportunities: Matchmaking, cat cuddling, dog walking, canine coaching, pet therapy, special events, off-site adoption, administration and foster parents.

Incarnation Catholic School

2911 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 924-8588

Elementary school, kindergarten through grade eight. Principal: Regina Housel Mission statement: To provide a superior education in an environment grounded in the truths and values taught by Jesus Christ. Volunteer opportunities: Fund raisers, book fairs, classrooms, cafeteria, bingo, school functions.

InStride Equine-Assisted Therapy

P.O. Box 365, Nokomis, FL 34274

(941) 412-9333

Hippotherapy program serving more than 150 children and adults, ranging in age from two to 82, from Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties. Executive director: Donna L. Blem Mission statement: To provide therapeutic horseback riding to qualified children and adults with a broad range of physical, developmental and emotional disabilities. Volunteer opportunities:

Hands-on work with riders and horses, barn duties, special events, office assistance.

Jazz Club of Sarasota

330 S. Pineapple Ave., Suite 111,  Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-1552

Executive director: Gordon Garrett Mission statement: To promote, perform and preserve jazz. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Jewish Family & Children’s Services

2688 Fruitville Road,

Sarasota, FL 34237  

(941) 366-2224

President and CEO: Rose Chapman Mission statement: To provide comprehensive counseling and social services to people confronting life’s challenges. Volunteer opportunities: Hospital visitations, mentors, tutors, religious services, office and clerical.

The Jewish Housing Council Foundation

1951 N. Honore Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34235  

(941) 377-0781

A separate supporting organization for the Sarasota Manatee Jewish Housing Council, dedicated to providing the elderly with a nurturing environment where Jewish traditions and values are honored. Executive director: Darlene Arbeit Mission statement: To benefit the Sarasota Manatee Jewish Housing Council Inc., its residents and other 501(c)3 organizations supporting Jewish elderly in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Volunteer opportunities: Special event committees and projects; direct resident services.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum

of Art

5401 Bay Shore Road,

Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 359-5700

Home to four spectacular attractions, including the internationally recognized Museum of Art, Cà d’Zan mansion, Circus Museum and Historic Asolo Theater. Interim executive director: Marshall Rousseau Mission statement: To preserve, develop and enhance the legacy of John and Mable Ringling and engage and educate a large and diverse audience in a world-renowned collection of art, the Ringlings’ mansion and its historic contents, collections documenting the circus and its history, the Historic Asolo Theater and the historic architecture, courtyard, gardens and grounds overlooking Sarasota Bay. Volunteer opportunities: Tour guides, info desk, special events or tram driving.

Joining Our Youth (JOY)

P.O. Box 48702, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 360-9207

Volunteer mentors and supporters to abused, neglected and abandoned youth aging out of the foster care system. President: Marian Strickland Mission statement: To improve the quality of life for youth aging out of foster care through unconditional moral support, mentoring and targeted services. Volunteer opportunities: Mentors, fund raising, committees, regularly scheduled special events for youths.

Junior Achievement

6710 Professional Parkway W.,

Suite 200, Sarasota, FL 34240

(941) 361-1410,

World’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through hands-on programs delivered by volunteers from the business community. Executive director: Barbara Page Mission statement: To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Volunteer opportunities: Facilitate K-12 classroom program in five or

six visits.

The Junior League

of Sarasota

Florida Inc.

3300 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 3, Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 953-5600

President: Stacey Corley Mission statement: To promote volunteerism, develop the potential of women and improve the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Volunteer opportunities: Call for opportunities.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

7341 Professional Parkway E., Sarasota, FL 34240

(941) 907-0811

Executive director: Sara Rankin Mission statement: To find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Volunteer opportunities: Community outreach, advocacy, and participation in fund raisers.

Keep Sarasota Beautiful

1660 Ringling Blvd., Fifth Floor, Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 861-5399

A certified affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc.’s waste-reduction and beautification program. Manager: Sandra Washington Mission statement: Educate the public and promote participation in the overall improvement and beautification of the environment throughout Sarasota County. Volunteer opportunities: Committees, advisory board, adopt a road, park or shore; the Great American Cleanup and Coastal Cleanup.

Key Chorale

P.O. Box 20613, Sarasota, FL 34276

(941) 921-4845

Executive director: Richard Storm Mission statement: Dedicated to the promotion and performance of great choral masterworks. Volunteer opportunities: Ushers, event coordinators, etc. Call for more information.

Lakewood Ranch Community Fund

3103 Manatee Ave. W.,

Bradenton, FL 34205  

(941) 556-5442

A donor-advised fund of the Manatee Community Foundation and a philanthropic partner with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County focused on increasing philanthropy and grant making in the Lakewood Ranch area. Executive director: Marilyn Howard Mission statement: To personalize the philanthropic goals of individuals, businesses and organizations; to enhance the quality of life in the community and the surrounding areas by supporting human services, fostering academics and the arts, enhancing the environment, and creating more vibrant communities. Volunteer opportunities: Grant selection, outreach, humanitarian selection committees.

La Musica

P.O. Box 5442, Sarasota, FL 34277

(941) 346-2601

International chamber music festival. Executive director: Sally R. Faron Mission statement: To bring the finest musicians from Europe and the Americas to perform chamber works, both familiar and seldom-heard, to transmit the joy of performance. Volunteer opportunities: Box office, supervise rehearsals, mailings, computer work.

Laurel Civic Association Inc.

509 Collins Road, Laurel, FL 34272

(941) 483-3338

Serving families through educational and community development activities that address hunger, after-school homework assistance, summer programs, adult education and parent support. Executive director: Sandra Terry Mission statement: To combat community deterioration through education and community development by providing services that have an overall positive and permanent effect on the community and leading to educated youth and self-sufficient adults. Volunteer opportunities: Mentors, homework tutors, listeners for the Earning By Learning summer reading program, fund raising, grant writing, newsletter, events, clerical.

Legal Aid of Manasota Inc.

1900 Main St., Suite 302, Sarasota, FL 34236  (941) 366-0038

Executive director: Linda Harradine Mission statement: To provide free civil legal services to income-qualified residents of Sarasota and Manatee counties and educate the public on legal rights

and responsibilities. Volunteer opportunities: Mainly attorneys, but also some basic office work and volunteers for

special projects.

Lemon Bay Conservancy Inc.

2980 Placida Road, Englewood, FL 34224

(941) 830-8922

Land trust focused on preserving lands in the greater Lemon Bay community and Charlotte Harbor. Executive director: Jim Cooper Mission statement: To forever protect and preserve the natural features of Lemon Bay, Charlotte Harbor and its surrounding water and uplands, through property acquisition and management, comprehensive environmental education, and regional advocacy of appropriate land and water conservation policies, programs and practices. Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising and preservation promotion.

Lemon Bay Playhouse, Inc.

96 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, FL 34223

(941) 475-6756

President: James E. Hanushek Mission statement: To enrich Englewood and surrounding communities through theatrical productions, volunteer opportunities, education and training in the performing arts; to provide a venue for other cultural activities. Volunteer opportunities: Acting, stage managing, box office, back stage, house managing, lighting, wardrobe and set design.

Lemur Conservation Foundation

P.O. Box 249, Myakka City, FL 34251

(941) 322-8494

One hundred-acre lemur preserve that partners with universities and reserves to conduct research, education and other projects aimed at conserving Madagascar’s primates. Executive director: Penelope Bodry-Sanders Mission statement: To preserve and conserve the primates of Madagascar through captive breeding, scientific research, education and reintroduction. Volunteer opportunities: Help maintain lemur enclosures and grounds, clerical projects.

Lighthouse of Manasota

7318 N. Tamiami Trail,

Sarasota, FL 34243  

(941) 359-1404

Executive director: Janice T. Felski Mission statement: To advance the individual growth and independence of adults and children with vision loss. Volunteer opportunities: Drivers for client classes.

Lillette’s Foundation

for the Arts

P.O. Box 19643,

Sarasota, FL 34276

(941) 556-1330

Launched in 2005. Executive director: Lillette Jenkins-Wisner Mission statement: To promote knowledge and continued development of promising students studying the performing arts, while assisting their financial needs. Volunteer opportunities: Administrative intern, marketing intern.

The Literacy Council

of Sarasota Inc.

1750 17th St., Building D,

Sarasota, FL 34234  

(941) 955-0421

Free, one-on-one, needs-based tutoring for basic literacy (reading and writing) and ESOL (English speakers of other languages). Also offers customized, basic training classes for businesses and employees. Executive director: Kristin Szafraniec Mission statement: To build a more literate community by helping adults and families improve English language communication skills through personalized, needs-based tutoring. Volunteer opportunities: Tutoring, program administrators, special events, office staff.

Literacy Volunteers

of South Sarasota County

Venice Public Library, 300 Nokomis Ave. S., Venice, FL 34285

(941) 488-8994

Recruits, trains and supports volunteers in the delivery of tutoring services. Programs include ESOL, basic literacy and customized programs for workplace employees. President: Sandy McIntyre Mission statement: To promote literacy among adults with the potential to increase their skills in speaking, reading and writing English. Volunteer opportunities: Tutors, trainers, interviewers, computer coach, board members, special events, public relations and more.

Longboat Key Center

for the Arts

6860 Longboat Drive S.,

Longboat Key, FL 34228  

(941) 383-2345

A division of Ringling College of Art and Design. Executive director: Jane Buckman Mission statement: To be a pre-eminent cultural institution committed to quality educational programming, exhibitions, lectures and events that serve to enhance the artistic and creative exploration of individuals from the local community and beyond. Volunteer opportunities: Docents, events committees, exhibit committees, reception.

Lou Gehrig’s Disease Association

of Southwest Florida Inc.

P.O. Box 11104, Sarasota, FL 34278

(941) 955-4771

All-volunteer organization offering support groups, equipment loan closet, resource library and respite care. Executive director: Vicki Watkins Mission statement: To promote public awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), raise funds to provide services to people with ALS and their families and assist researchers in finding a

cure for this disease. Volunteer opportunities: Patient coordination and services, support group facilitation, fund raising, administration, support and equipment inventory.

Loveland Center Inc.

157 S. Havana Road, Venice, FL 34292

(941) 493-0016

Provides adult day training, supported living, respite, elderly day care, job coaching and community volunteer opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities. President and CEO: Carl Penxa Jr. Mission statement: To help adults with developmental disabilities live their lives to the fullest. Volunteer opportunities: One-on-one tutoring in reading and math, quality control assistance in our workshop program, musical talents for student entertainment.

Lutheran Services Florida

P.O. Box 848, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 358-6330

Human services agency with more than 60 programs throughout Florida, including the Guardianship Program, Child Care Food Program, Head Start programs for at-risk, preschool children, youth shelters and counseling programs for troubled teens and disaster relief. Director: Anne Ridings Mission statement: To promote healing, help and hope to people in need and protect incapacitated individuals from abuse, neglect and exploitation while ensuring they live their lives with dignity and respect. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Make-a-Wish Foundation

of Central and Northern Florida

950 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 103,

Sarasota, FL 34236  (941) 952-9474

Regional director: Michelle Butler Mission statement: To grant wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Volunteer opportunities: Wish granting, fund raising, speaker’s bureau.

Manasota Association for Retarded Citizens

3659 Cortez Road W., Bradenton, FL 34210

(941) 752-2976

Provides day, residential and employment service programs for adults with disabilities in Sarasota and Manatee counties to develop employability and daily living skills. Interim executive director: Tré Littlefield Mission statement: To enhance the dignity and independence of adults with disabilities, enabling them to choose and realize their goals through participating in community-based opportunities and individualized programs. Volunteer opportunities: Family support groups, clerical assistance, committees of the board such as programs and planning, fiscal, resource development, government and community relations.

Manasota BUDS

(Bringing Up Down Syndrome)

8374 Market St., #113,

Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

(941) 907-0499

Volunteer-based organization serving parents and their children with Down syndrome. President: Michael Feduccia Mission statement: To provide families with a neutral and supportive forum for sharing and networking and to promote the understanding and acceptance of Down syndrome. Volunteer opportunities: Respite, therapists, general and legal.

Manasota SOLVE

1501 and 1509 8th Ave. W., Bradenton, FL

2204 Englewood Road

Englewood, Florida

(941) 748-0094

Three maternity homes allowing us to assist up to 19 pregnant women (any age, race, creed)for the duration of their pregnancy and a brief time after the baby is born. Executive director: Donna Vellenga


Manatee Community Foundation

3103 Manatee Ave. W.,

Bradenton, FL 34205  

(941) 747-7765

A philanthropic partner with the Community Foundationof Sarasota County, MCF is dedicated to serving Manatee County’s charitable donors.  MCF empowers donors to create lasting legacies—permanent charitable funds that address the community’s needs of today. Executive director: Marilyn Howard Volunteer opportunities: Grant, scholarship and special

event committees.

From June 1, 2008-May 31, 2009

Total grants: $818,000

Total scholarships: $24,000

Number of grants: 170

Range of grants: $200-$30,000

Number of scholarships: 20

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

811 S. Palm Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34236  

(941) 366-5731

A world center for research, education and display of epiphytes, primarily orchids and bromeliads. CEO: Tom Buchter Mission statement: To further the understanding and appreciation of plant life, with emphasis on epiphytes, and to provide enjoyment to those who visit the Gardens. Volunteer opportunities: Many, from garden docents to gardeners, special events, administrative.

Marriage Builders

P.O. Box 51888, Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 685-8490,

Provides educational services to create a network of mentor couples who teach relationship, communication and conflict resolution skills. Also provides faith- and community-based professional coaching and counseling services to individuals, couples and families. Executive directors: Jim and Marlene Campana Mission statement: To strengthen marriages and families through education and collaborative initiatives that in turn will build up our communities’ future. Volunteer opportunities:

Special events and planning committees, marketing, fund raising and office support.

Mayor’s Feed the Hungry Program

P.O. Box 1992, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 364-7440

Executive director: Joel C. Swallow Mission statement: To raise funds to provide food vouchers to feed the hungry during holiday seasons. Volunteer opportunities: Find out during weekly 11 a.m. meetings at City Hall, August through January.

Mental Health Community Centers Inc. 240-B S. Tuttle Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 953-3477

Provides daily programs at four drop-in centers in Sarasota, Venice, Arcadia and North Port that bring the members into the mainstream of society. Executive director: Carolyn Eagen Mission statement: To provide support services to adults with mental illness and disabling emotional problems. Volunteer opportunities: Arts and crafts, office support, activity leadership and maintenance/gardening.

Moffit Cancer Center Foundation

12902 Magnolia Drive,

Tampa, FL 33612  

(813) 745-1403

Moffit Cancer Center builds partnerships with local hospitals, like Sarasota Memorial Hospital, to reach cancer patients with research-based treatments. Last year, nearly 3,000 men and women from Sarasota and Manatee counties came to Moffitt for cancer care. Vice president: Larry M. Feder Mission statement: To contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer by raising philanthropic donations. The foundation is dedicated to cancer research, patient care and community education, serving Sarasota and Manatee counties as well as all of Florida. Volunteer opportunities: Events committees, including sponsorships, auction and chance drawing.

Mote Marine Laboratory

1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 388-4441

Marine research and education organization and aquarium that draws nearly 300,000 visitors annually. President and CEO: Dr. Kumar Mahadevan Mission statement: To advance the science of the sea. Volunteer opportunities: Available year-round.

Mothers Helping Mothers

2239 N. Washington Blvd.,

Sarasota, FL 34237  

(941) 953-7572

All-volunteer organization that provides donated free basic necessities to families in need. President: Madeline Brogan Mission statement: To meet the resource needs of families in Sarasota County who are struggling to help themselves. Volunteer opportunities: Helping in Children’s Clothes Closet store, open Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Muscular Dystrophy Association Inc.

2801 Fruitville Road, Suite 140, Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 951-7890

District director: Erin Authier Volunteer opportunities: In-house office and event support.

Napier’s Log Cabin Horse & Animal Sanctuary

20010 E. S.R. 64,

Bradenton, FL 34212  

(941) 750-8185

No-kill animal rescue. Executive director: Alan Napier Mission statement: To find homes for any animals in need; animals have a home for life either with Napier’s or with their new adoptive family.

National Alliance On Mental Illness

of Sarasota County Inc. (NAMI-SC)

1532 U.S. 41 Bypass, Suite 146, Venice, FL 34293  

(941) 957-3626

A family advocacy support and educational organization for those affected by mental illness. President: Dale Lux Mission statement: To improve the lives of those suffering from mental illness. Volunteer opportunities: Advocacy, education, fund raising, grants, media, clerical.

National Council of Jewish Women

Sarasota-Manatee Section

6106 Misty Oaks St.,

Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 342-1855

President: Gwen Baseman Mission statement: To improve the quality of life for women, children and families. Volunteer opportunities: Eye and hearing screening, mentoring, advocacy, Hope House, domestic violence prevention.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Mid-Florida Chapter

2701 Maitland Center Parkway, Suite 100, Maitland, FL 32751

(800) 344-4867

Provides emergency financial assistance, medical equipment, counseling, education seminars and family support services to people affected by multiple sclerosis. President: Tami Caesar Mission statement: To end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis. Volunteer opportunities: Assist with annual MS Walk in Sarasota County and peer counselors.

Neuro Challenge Foundation

4411 Bee Ridge Road, Suite 246,

Sarasota, FL 34233

(941) 926-6413; (888) NCF-GIVE

Dedicated to providing medical, educational and emotional support to those suffering with debilitating life challenges such as Parkinson’s disease. Supports innovative approaches to healthcare that improve quality of life for everyone in Sarasota. Executive director: Doreen Sutherland Mission statement: To alleviate suffering and to discover causes and cures through research; to educate the general public about the nature of neurological illness and to remove stigma by allowing survivors to express their true resilience and human spirit. Volunteer opportunities: Event steering committees; qualified volunteers (RNs, social workers, Web master) needed to staff the care center three times per month.

New College Foundation Inc.

5800 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 487-4686

President: Andrew Walker Mission statement: To ensure New College of Florida has the financial resources to fulfill its mission of developing knowledge pioneers. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

New College Library Association

5800 Bay Shore Road, TKC, Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 487-4600

Raises funds for the Jane Bancroft Cook Library at New College of Florida and sponsors educational forums as an affiliate of New College Foundation. Executive director: Margaret Boyd Mission statement: To provide enhancement funding for the Jane Bancroft Cook Library at New College of Florida and intellectual stimulation for the greater community. Volunteer opportunities: Office, special projects, event committees.

New Gate School

5237 Ashton Road and 11011 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL 34233

(941) 922-4949, (866) 338-0321

An independent, college prep, coeducational Montessori school serving children from 18 months through high school. Also home to an accredited teacher education program. Head of school: Paul Wenninger Mission statement: To cultivate a love of life and inspire academic excellence. Volunteer opportunities: Guest lecture, internship, institutional development, community outreach and projects.

North Port

Art Center

5950 Sam Shapos Way,

North Port, FL 34287

(941) 423-6460

Promotes the visual arts through art shows, art in public places and classes. President: Eileen Nail Mission statement: To promote art education and appreciation throughout the North Port area. Volunteer opportunities: Kids’ summer art program, monthly children’s art programs, fund-raising events and volunteer positions in the new Art Center.

Operation Serving Children

5317 Fruitville Road, Suite 105, Sarasota FL 34232

(941) 809-7780

A domestic and global educational child relief agency. Executive director: Rich Vannucci Mission statement: To call all to focus on children, provide basic needs, relief and education about the global village we live in. Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising.

ORT America

580 McIntosh Road,

Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 907-0317

Raises funds for vocational and technical schools in the United States and all over the world. President: Barbara Berliner Mission statement: To enable students to develop lifetime skills and become independent and contributing members of society; improve American public education, promote quality vocational/technical education. Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising, tutoring and mentoring in schools, gift wrap.

The Out-of-Door Academy

444 Reid St. (pre-K-6) and 5950 Deer Drive (7-12),

Sarasota, FL 34242 and 34240

(941) 349-3223

Sarasota’s only independent, college-preparatory pre-K through grade-12 school. Head of school: David V. Mahler Mission statement: To provide an environment in which students strive to achieve their highest academic goals and build character through a program of academics, athletics and the arts. Volunteer opportunities: School fund raisers, art and music program assistants, office assistance, library aides.

PAL Sailor Circus

2075 Bahia Vista St.,

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 361-6350

After-school youth circus for children in grades four-12. Circus director: Patty Campbell Mission statement: To use circus arts as

an alternative teaching method, providing an intervention program for youth at risk; enhance self-esteem and confidence in our

leaders of tomorrow.

PALS Partners in Education

1960 Landings Blvd.,

Sarasota, FL 34231  

(941) 927-9000

The community involvement office of the Sarasota County School District that recruits, trains and recognizes public school volunteers and business partners. Executive director: Sandi Chapnick Mission statement: To provide positive educational opportunities to increase student achievement through comprehensive family, community and business participation. Volunteer opportunities: Reading, math, science and social studies tutors, mentors, business and community partnerships.

Parkinson Research Foundation

P.O. Box 20256, Sarasota, FL 34276

(703) 821-1975     

Funds and provides Parkinson research, information and advocacy. Executive director: Larry Hoffheimer Mission statement: To help improve the lives of people living with Parkinson’s disease through programs related to quality-of-life therapies. Volunteer opportunities: Contact for details.

People For Trees

3597 Froude St.,

North Port, FL 34286  

(941) 426-9752

A native tree advocacy group since 1997 that promotes the importance of a healthy, native tree canopy through community projects, events and educational opportunities. Executive director: Alice White Mission statement: To promote awareness about the importance of protecting and maintaining a healthy, native tree canopy. Volunteer opportunities: Tree plantings, monthly Eco-Kids Club, Florida-friendly landscaping workshops, annual tree festival, maintaining community garden projects, school programs.

Perlman Music Program/Suncoast Inc.

P.O. Box 3407, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 955-4942

Professional development program for gifted musicians, ages 12 to 20, founded by Itzhak and Toby Perlman. Offers premier cultural and educational outreach programs, world-class performances and events in Sarasota and surrounding communities. Executive director: Elizabeth Power Mission statement: To encourage artistic development and camaraderie among young international string musicians via a nurturing, noncompetitive, world-renowned music education program. Volunteer opportunities: Call for opportunities.

Pet Therapy Inc.

2128 Hyde Park Circle,

Sarasota, FL 34239  

(941) 358-2225

Pairs students with Bichon Frises to make weekly visits to military hospitals, nursing homes and assisted-living facilities to brighten the lives of veterans, elders, the handicapped and those confined to facilities. Executive director: Kathy Alexander Mission statement: To honor our elders and those confined within facilities and reduce loneliness, brighten their lives, instill confidence and respect, and increase social interaction among the youths and people whose lives they touch. Volunteer opportunities: Office help, fund raising, and special events, dog washing, grooming and care, veterinary assistance and animal-loving board members.

Pierian Spring Academy

P.O. Box 110141, Bradenton, FL 34211

(941) 716-2471

Provides noncredit adult education courses to Sarasota’s retirement community. Executive director: Robert V. Carlson Mission statement: To provide courses in the humanities, the arts and sciences for adults seeking an academic experience. Volunteer opportunities: A variety of administrative duties.

Pines of Sarasota Foundation Inc.

1501 N. Orange Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34236  

(941) 955-6293

President: Estelle Crawford Mission statement: To support Pines of Sarasota, a nonprofit skilled nursing and rehabilitation center with an assisted-living and secured Alzheimer’s/dementia component. Pines has led the way in senior care for more than 60 years, providing care for seniors, including those who have outlived their financial resources. Volunteer opportunities: Varied; flexible schedules can be accommodated.

Planned Parenthood

of Southwest and Central Florida Inc.

736 Central Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236  (941) 365-3913

President and CEO: Barbara A. Zdravecky Mission statement: To provide family planning for all, regardless of income, marital status, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin or residence. Volunteer opportunities: Mailings, copying educational or clinical forms.

Plantation Community Foundation

500 Rockley Blvd., Venice, FL 34293

(941) 497-4826

Foundation with 500 members who raise funds to improve the quality of life in south Sarasota County.  All funds go to south Sarasota County not-for-profit agencies. President: Mary Helfrick Mission statement: To improve the quality of life in south Sarasota county. Volunteer opportunities: Call for opportunities.

The Players Theatre

838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236  

(941) 365-2494

80th anniversary season, featuring a Broadway theater series, a SNAP! (Something New At Players) series, a Summer Sizzler series and the Players Studio. Executive director: Michelle Bianchi Pingel Mission statement: To produce productions, projects and events that are related to local, national and international performing and cultural arts. Integral to this mission is to provide education in the arts and opportunities for community participation. Volunteer opportunities: Assisting backstage, in the scene shop, box office or costume department; usher or intern at the Players Performing Arts Studio.

Police Athletic League

of Sarasota County Inc.

2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, FL 34239  

(941) 316-8108

Offers after-school programs to provide a safe place for children to learn and achieve. Director: Deputy John Cox Mission statement: To provide a safe environment for kids to participate, learn and achieve while developing positive relationships with law enforcement. Volunteer opportunities: After-school programs.

Pregnancy Solutions…Knowing Your Choices Inc.

1680 B Tamiami Trail S., Venice, FL 34293  

(941) 408-7100

Executive director: Mary Jane Schneiderhahn Mission statement: To provide caring, confidential counseling, maternity and baby needs plus accurate information and literature to allow women to discover the available resources for them and their children. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Racing Dog Rescue Project

P.O. Box 18153,

Sarasota, FL 34276

(941) 915-6585

All-volunteer organization dedicated to the care, socialization and adoption of greyhounds. President: Peg Murphy Mission statement: To place ex-racing greyhounds in responsible, caring, permanent homes. Volunteer opportunities: Kennel help,

foster care.

Renaissance Manor

1401 16th St., Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 365-8645

Affordable assisted living for adults

suffering from mental illness, substance abuse and homelessness in order to live independently or with support. Executive director: Scott Eller Mission statement: To provide a stable, supportive and safe living environment for adults with mental health issues in order to encourage independence while also meeting social and educational needs. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Resurrection House Inc.

507 Kumquat Court, Sarasota, FL 34236  

(941) 365-3759

Street-level ministry supported entirely by private donations. Executive director: David A. Proch Mission statement: To provide the homeless with a day resource center offering free showers, laundry, restrooms, food, clothing, counseling, emergency shelter for families with children, referrals to long-term rehabilitation programs treating drug and alcohol abuse, and other support items. Volunteer opportunities: Counseling, clerical, computer, laundry, haircuts.

Ringling College of

Art and Design

2700 N. Tamiami Trail,

Sarasota, FL 34234  

(941) 351-5100,

One of the country’s premier private, independent, nonprofit art and design colleges. President: Dr. Larry R. Thompson Mission statement: To provide programs leading to a degree that prepares students to be discerning visual thinkers and ethical practitioners in their chosen area of art and design. Volunteer opportunities: Various; contact development office.

Ringling College Library Association

P.O. Box 4071, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 925-1343

President: Peggy Wilhelm Mission statement: To contribute to the ongoing development of Verman Kimbrough Memorial Library and act as a catalyst for the educational growth of students, faculty and community.

Rotary Futures

1 Indian Ave., Venice, FL 34285

(941) 480-3178

Post-secondary education resource center located on the campus of Venice High School. Executive director: Kim Kindell Mission statement: To educate, inspire and motivate students of all ages to gain access to post-secondary education and/or training by linking education, career and life opportunities.

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC)

2139 Main St.

Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 365-0208

Executive director: Olivia Thomas Mission statement: To provide free, confidential services to victims of domestic and sexual violence, and to promote a violence-free community through awareness and education. Volunteer opportunities: Hotline, shelter, hospital team, court advocacy, children’s team, Treasure Chest secondhand store.

St. Francis Animal Rescue

1925 S. Tamiami Trail,

Venice, FL 34293

(941) 492-6200

No-kill cat and kitten rescue with adoptable and resident cats, as well as cats in foster homes. Also helps when possible with feral colonies. Board president: Jill Clark Mission statement:

To help stray, homeless or unwanted cats in our community; to promote responsible pet ownership; to promote spaying and neutering. Volunteer opportunities: Adoption counselors, fund raising, socializers, data entry, newsletter assistance, thrift

store volunteers.

St. Martha

Catholic School

4380 Fruitville Road,

Sarasota, FL 34236  

(941) 953-4181

A junior kindergarten (age 3) through eighth grade elementary school welcoming children of all faiths and integrating a message of Jesus. Pastor: The Rev. Fausto Stampiglia Mission statement: To provide each student with diverse tools to develop strength in faith, excellence in knowledge and to build character through service, done in partnership with Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Catholic Church. Volunteer opportunities: Library, cafeteria, school spirit store, Rosary Group, Heart to Heart, accelerated math, after-school programs, technology lab.

Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School

315 41st St. W.,

Bradenton, FL 34209  

(941) 746-2121

An independent, co-educational, college preparatory day school for students of all faiths, pre-K 3 through grade 12. Head of school: Janet S. Pullen Mission statement: To provide a superior academic program that prepares each student for a college or university compatible with the individual’s academic ability, interest and needs; to instill in each student a love of learning, an active respect for all members of the school community and a fundamental sense of integrity; and to provide a nurturing environment that values independence, self-worth, physical health, spiritual awareness and responsible citizenship. Volunteer opportunities: Tutoring, classroom assistance, fund raising, business partnerships and coaching.

St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Martha’s Conference

512 S. Orange Ave.; 4480 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34236  

(941) 953-5477

Thrift shop to raise funds and distribute bags of food; new kitchen, H.O.P.E. (Help Our People Eat). Executive directors: Yve and Dave Comeau Mission statement: To clothe and feed the less fortunate. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Salvation Army

Sarasota Area Command

1400 10th St., Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 364-8845

Meets basic human needs by providing food, shelter, counseling, treatment, rehabilitation and financial assistance for those in need. Area commander: Major Phillip L. Murphy Mission statement: To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Volunteer opportunities: Intake counselors, meal servers, Christmas volunteers, disaster volunteers, maintenance, painters, youth mentors, administrative assistants, youth community service and computer mentors.

Samaritan Counseling Services of the

Gulf Coast

3224 Bee Ridge Road,

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 926-2959

Faith- and community-based outpatient mental-health counseling center that provides services to low-income clients. Executive director: The Rev. Richard O. Howell Mission statement: To strengthen individuals and families through professional Christian counseling services. Volunteer opportunities: Board members, marketing, fund raising, office help.

Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation

P.O. Box 1754, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 953-8727

President: Don Smally Mission statement: To preserve and enhance our historic places. Volunteer opportunities: Homes tour, walking tours, seminars.

Sarasota Architectural Foundation

P.O. Box 3678, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 365-4723

Provides educational tours, lectures, exhibits, travel and social events celebrating modern architecture and design. Chairman of the board: Les Fishman Mission statement: To promote Sarasota’s innovative architecture and design beginning with the Sarasota School of Architecture. Volunteer opportunities: Tour volunteers, data entry, Web site maintenance, mailings, party planners, publicity, fund raising, community representation.

Sarasota Area Sports Authority

P.O. Box 663, Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 356-3298

Founded in 2001, the Sarasota Area Sports Authority (SASA) promotes, recognizes and develops awareness for sports programs, athletes and events in the Sarasota area. In 2005 the organization expanded its community outreach with the introduction of scholarships for local student athletes. President: Patrick Calhoon Mission statement: To provide community outreach and awareness of sports programs and events in the Sarasota area, including offering scholarships and college tuition grants to qualified high school athletes. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Sarasota Audubon Society

P.O. Box 15423, Sarasota, FL 34277

(941) 364-9212

President: Jeanne Dubi Mission statement: To promote the protection and enjoyment of birds, wildlife and the environment through an understanding of conservation. Volunteer opportunities: Trip leaders, speakers, road clean-ups, beach nests monitoring.

The Sarasota Ballet Association

5555 N. Tamiami Trail,

Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 387-0451

President: Ira Peterman Mission statement: To support the programs of the Sarasota Ballet of Florida in order to increase public awareness and audience development through education, understanding and appreciation of the art of dance. Volunteer opportunities: Telemarketing, events, dance student mentors.

Sarasota Ballet

of Florida Inc.

5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 359-0099

Director: Iain Webb Mission statement:

To enrich lives, capture emotions and strengthen the community through the art of dance. Volunteer opportunities: Administrative support, mail campaigns, donor services, telemarketing.

The Sarasota Choral Society

4411 Bee Ridge Road, Box 237,

Sarasota, FL 34233  

(941) 343-9894

The up-to-300-voice chorus, full orchestra and professional soloists have performed the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah annually for 65 years. Artistic director: Geneviève Beauchamp Mission statement: To further and promote individual and group singing and choral activities of all kinds. Volunteer opportunities: Singing in the chorus, board positions, various community and production tasks.

Sarasota Chorus of the Keys

P.O. Box 51751, Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 312-5587

Award-winning men’s show chorus. Executive director: Tom Hankins Mission statement: To preserve and further develop the original American art form of four-part a cappella harmony while striving for musical excellence, contributing to the community’s cultural development, and providing charitable support to choral students and the culturally deprived. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Sarasota Christian School

5415 Bahia Vista St.,

Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 371-6481

An independent K-12 grade school that focuses on academic success within a nurturing, Christian environment. Superintendent: Eugene D. Miller Mission statement: To honor God by providing academic excellence to its students while developing their Christian faith in partnership with the home, the church, and the community. Volunteer opportunities: Office support, mailings, maintenance.

Sarasota Coalition on Substance Abuse (SCoSA)

701 McIntosh Road,

Sarasota, FL  34232

(941) 377-7736

Advocates for substance abuse prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery. Executive director: Curtis S. Lavarello  Mission statement: To empower and reclaim lives through increased community awareness and advocacy for promoting substance-abuse-free environments.

Sarasota Concert Association

P.O. Box 1714,

Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 955-0040

Presents a classical music series featuring internationally known artists. Membership coordinator: Jim Taylor Mission statement: To foster the development of an appreciation for the musical arts by sponsoring professional presentations through a not-for-profit, audience subscription plan; to present concerts which feature a variety of quality music; to set reasonable ticket prices, in order to make the concerts available to all individuals. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Sarasota Conservation Foundation

P.O. Box 902, Osprey, FL 34229

(941) 918-2100

Land trust. Executive director: Albert G. Joerger Mission statement: To protect the environment, character and biodiversity of the Gulf Coast’s bays, beaches and barrier islands by holding conservation easements and owning nature preserves, collaborating with individuals, organizations and communities and educating for responsible stewardship. Volunteer opportunities: Volunteers welcome.

Sarasota Council of Concern Inc.

1442 Fruitville Road,

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 365-5999

All-volunteer organization that operates the Mustard Seed thrift shop to provide funds for second-grade swimming programs, swim scholarships, layettes for needy new mothers and grants to Sarasota Ballet’s Next Generation program. Mission statement: To concentrate on the unmet needs of children in Sarasota County. Volunteer opportunities: Sales help in thrift store.

Sarasota County Arts Council

1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 300, Sarasota, FL 34236  

(941) 365-5118

A membership-based, private organization that serves the public, artists and arts organizations throughout the county. Executive director: Russ Crumley Mission statement: To enhance the connection between the community and regional arts and culture by strengthening cooperation among business, community and elected leaders, audiences and the public. Volunteer opportunities: Special projects and events.

Sarasota Family YMCA

1 S. School Ave., Suite 301,

Sarasota, FL 34236  

(941) 951-2916

A 64-year-old organization that touches nearly 80,000 lives though four fitness branches; offers youth and family development programs within four counties. President and CEO: Paul B. Smith Mission statement: To build strong kids, strong families, strong communities. Volunteer opportunities: Call or visit

Sarasota Film

Festival Inc.

332 Cocoanut Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 364-9514

Mission statement: To celebrate the art of filmmaking

and the contribution of filmmakers by hosting an international film festival and developing year-long programs for the economic, educational and cultural benefit of our community. Volunteer opportunities: Year-round operations and festival positions.

Sarasota Film Society

10715 Rodeo Drive, Suite 8, Bradenton, FL 34202  

(941) 364-8662

Owns and operates Burns Court and Lakewood Ranch cinemas, presenting quality films from around the world. Executive director: Barbara Caras Mission statement: To exhibit international, independent and American films to foster a greater understanding of the world by exposing audiences to the rich cultural lessons films have to offer. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Sarasota Garden

Club Inc.

1131 Boulevard of the Arts,

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 955-0875

Executive director: Barbara Rao Mission statement: To encourage skill in gardening and floral arts, foster civic beautification, support conservation and public awareness of conserving green space, and to oppose actions that damage the environment. Volunteer opportunities: Youth gardening, butterfly gardening, nursing home outreach.

Sarasota Medical Pregnancy Center

1217 East Ave., Suite 310,

Sarasota, FL 34239  

(941) 330-2273,

A faith-based agency offering free, confidential services. Executive director: Mandy Smith Mission statement: To minister to women and men facing unplanned pregnancies. Volunteer opportunities: Peer counselors, office help, ultrasonographers, registered nurses, liaisons from local supporting churches

and organizations.

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Inc.

1515 S. Osprey Ave., Suite B-4, Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 917-1286

President and CEO: Alexandra (Alex) Quarles Mission statement: To improve the delivery of healthcare for the Sarasota area through the acquisition and utilization of philanthropic funds. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Sarasota Museum of Art (SMOA)+C40

2700 N. Tamiami Trail,

Sarasota, FL 34234  

(941) 309-4729

A division of Ringling College of Art and Design, SMOA will be Sarasota’s first museum devoted to modern and contemporary art. President: Wendy G. Surkis Mission statement: To interweave exhibitions, educational programs and community outreach initiatives to engage a diverse audience and serve as a center for creative discovery and discourse. Volunteer opportunities: A start-up

organization with a variety of evolving opportunities.

Sarasota Opera

61 N. Pineapple Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34236  

(941) 366-8450

Executive director: Susan T. Danis Mission statement: To produce outstanding opera true to

the vision of the composer, and entertain, enrich and educate the community and patrons from across the state and the world. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Sarasota Opera Guild

61 N. Pineapple Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 350-3638

All-volunteer, 630-member group that supports the Sarasota Opera and its youth opera programs. President: Janet Huelster Mission statement: To foster, promote and increase knowledge and appreciation of opera in the community in conjunction with the Sarasota Opera Association.

To encourage and assist young singers; to sponsor projects to raise funds for the opera. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Sarasota Orchestra

709 N. Tamiami Trail,

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 953-4252

Now in its 61st season, Sarasota Orchestra features more than 100 concerts annually and a nationally recognized education program. President and CEO: Joseph McKenna Mission statement: To promote chamber and symphonic music locally, statewide and nationally by presenting performances of the highest artistic excellence, providing broad-based educational programs of the highest quality, and making both available to the broadest possible constituency. Volunteer opportunities: Ushers, receptionist, mailings, volunteer auxiliaries, special events and planning committees.

Sarasota Orchestra Association

709 N. Tamiami Trail,

Sarasota, FL 34236  

(941) 685-0425

President: Becky Miller Mission statement: To advance and support the activities of, and to raise monies for, the Sarasota Orchestra; to foster and promote musical knowledge, education and artistic appreciation in the community, and to encourage and assist young musicians. Volunteer opportunities: The Association welcomes volunteers of all skills and interests.

Sarasota Season of Sculpture

P.O. Box 48951, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 366-7767

Public art and sculptures on the bayfront in Sarasota and the community. Executive director: Brenda Terris Mission statement: To display and encourage quality, accessible public art in order to enrich the cultural and educational experience of residents and visitors to the community. Volunteer opportunities: Web, administrative, docents, event helpers.

Sarasota/Manatee Association for Riding Therapy (SMART)

4800 C.R. 675,

Bradenton, FL 34211

(941) 746-1493

Therapeutic horseback riding and carriage driving program for people with special needs, ages 5 and up. Executive director: Gail Clifton Mission statement: To enhance the physical, emotional and cognitive growth of those with special needs through a quality educational and recreational therapeutic horseback-riding and carriage-driving program. Volunteer opportunities: Horse handlers, side walkers, administration, facility maintenance, marketing, fund raising.

Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation Inc.

580 McIntosh Road,

Sarasota, FL 34232  

(941) 371-4546

Since 1959, the Federation, a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization, has raised and distributed funds for humanitarian and social services, both Jewish and non-Jewish, locally and overseas. It also implements educational, cultural and social programs locally. Executive director: Howard Tevlowitz Mission statement: To ensure the continuity of the Jewish people, enhance the quality of Jewish life, and build a strong, secure and unified Jewish community in Sarasota-Manatee, Israel and throughout the world. Volunteer opportunities: Event planning committees; writing, editing and photography for the Jewish community newspaper, Jewish News; light adminstrative duties.

Save Our Seabirds

1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 388-3010

Executive director: Lee Fox Mission statement: To rescue injured native and migratory birds, evaluate, stabilize, initiate medical therapy and hopefully rehab and release; to educate the public and train people for Oiled Wildlife Response. Volunteer opportunities: Greeters, gift shop, boardwalk attendants, rehab assistants, bird rescuers, grounds maintenance, cage cleaners.

SCOPE (Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence)

1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 202, Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 365-8751

Engages the community in dialogue and action around relevant issues to improve the quality of life in Sarasota County. Executive director: Tim Dutton Mission statement: To connect and inspire citizens to create a better community. Volunteer opportunities: Community initiatives, Community Report Card, event-related work (registration desk or set-up), Web site help, speakers bureau, research, graphic design, grant writing.

Second Chance-Last Opportunity

1933 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Sarasota, FL 34234

(941) 360-8660    

A life skills education and training center offering classes and services to at-risk youth and their families. CEO: April Glasco Mission statement: To provide life-management skills to those who face multiple health, social and economic challenges, to help them become more self-sufficient. Volunteer opportunities: Help with Donor Liaison, building campaign, special events committees, client events and holiday food distribution and a monthly booth at the Farmer’s Market.

Senior Friendship Centers

1888 Brother Geenen Way,

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 955-2122

Provides vital services for older adults, including day services, caregiver support, health and dental care, meals for the homebound, senior centers and supportive aging services. Also, the Friendship Volunteer Center matches volunteers of all ages with opportunities in more than 500 nonprofit organizations throughout the county. President and CEO: Robert J. Carter Mission statement: To empower individuals, families and communities through healthy and supportive aging services, activities, education and volunteerism. Volunteer opportunities: More than 1,000 volunteers serve the SFC, including physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists and office personnel, instructors, entertainers, receptionists, counselors and more.

The Society Inc.

Florida Suncoast Chapter

113 Shady Parkway,

Sarasota, FL 34232  

(941) 379-2934

Women of distinction and achievement working toward the development of fine and performing arts among young people. President: Clara Mims Mission statement: To provide opportunities for the development of fine and performing arts among young people with special emphasis on African-American youth.


535 Columbia Court, Sarasota FL 34236  

(941) 366-6468

Helps children and adults express themselves through spontaneous and collaborative poetry, dance and the arts; produces art videos and documentaries. Executive director: Scylla Liscombe Mission statement: To increase awareness of poetry and dance, promote poetry and dance in collaboration with other arts, both traditional and healing, foster education programs and preserve art forms. Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising, office help, SOULMOVES Ensemble.

South County

Family YMCA

701 Center Road, Venice, FL 34285

(941) 492-9622

President and CEO: Ken Modzelewski Mission statement: To put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy mind, body and spirit. Volunteer opportunities: Varied.

South Florida Museum

201 10th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34206

(941) 746-4131

Southwest Florida’s largest natural and cultural history museum. Executive director: Brynne Anne Besio Mission statement: To preserve, interpret and communicate through collections, exhibitions and educational programs scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world and the universe. Volunteer opportunities: Docents, aquarium spotters, museum store, information desk.

Southeastern Guide Dogs

4210 77th St. E., Palmetto, FL 34221

(941) 729-5665

Operating under the belief that every person who is blind or visually impaired should have the opportunity to live an independent, empowered life. CEO: Titus Herman Mission statement: To create partnerships between individuals with visual impairments and guide dogs facilitating life’s journey with mobility, independence and dignity. Volunteer opportunities: Puppy hugging, dog walking, puppy raising, administrative support,

special events.

SPCA Honor Sanctuary

Animal Rescue

8435 Cooper Creek Blvd.,

University Park, FL 34201 

(941) 302-0933,

Permanent animal sanctuary and Nate’s Place adoption center. Executive director: Ariana Saint Jennings Mission statement: To stop the euthanasia of innocent dogs and cats by saving animals from abuse, neglect and inappropriate environments for the animal or the family; by spaying and neutering; and by finding appropriate adoptive homes. Volunteer opportunities: E-mail [email protected]

Special Athlete Boosters Inc.

P.O. Box 2112, Venice, FL 34284

(941) 412-0402

Executive director: Maggie Riggall Mission statement: To develop local resources that enable intellectually disabled children and adults the opportunity to participate in such activities as Special Olympics. Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising and special events.

Special Olympics Sarasota

P.O. Box 2112, Venice, FL 34284

(941) 412-0402

Year-round sports training and Olympic-type sports for people with developmental disabilities. County coordinator: Maggie Riggall Volunteer opportunities: Event personnel, office, coaching, transportation and chaperoning athletes.

Sportsmen’s National

Land Trust

P.O. Box 9303, Bradenton, FL 34206

(941) 746-2136

Purchases land for conservation and recreation. President: David Wilcox Mission statement: To conserve wild, natural open and scenic land for the recreational enjoyment of present and future generations. Volunteer opportunities: Office administration, database management, development and fund raising, grant research and writing, land stewardship.

State College of Florida Foundation

5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34206

(941) 752-5390

Provides financial education assistance for students. Executive director: Peg Lowery Mission statement: To secure and manage private resources to enhance educational opportunities for the State College of Florida. Volunteer opportunities: Special events, investment and scholarship committees, Legacy Society.

Suncoast Center for Independent Living Inc.

2989 Fruitville Road, Suite 1, Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 351-9545

Provides advocacy, peer counseling, information and referral, independent living skills training, medical and computer loan and home modification to persons with disabilities.

Also provides American with Disabilities Act consultation. Executive director: Keith Kitchens Mission statement: To help people with disabilities achieve their full potential through independent living services and advocate the elimination of social and physical barriers to community integration. Volunteer opportunities: Construction of wheelchair ramps, repairing wheelchairs, refurbishing computers, computer classes, peer counseling, classroom assistance.

Suncoast Communities

Blood Bank

1760 Mound St., Sarasota, FL 34236

(866) 97-BLOOD

Medical director/CEO: Mark Magenheim, M.D. Mission statement: To provide a reliable supply of quality blood products and services to hospitals and health centers in need. Volunteer opportunities: Customer service, office and clerical, donor recruitment, special events, education, courier, maintenance.

Suncoast Foundation for the Handicapped Inc.

5317 Fruitville Road, Suite 43,

Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 371-8820 ext. 1800

All-volunteer board has constructed over $14 million in facilities for local charities providing services to physically and mentally challenged children and adults with proceeds raised through the Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix Festival. Chairman: John T. Stafford Mission statement: To aid local charities serving the handicapped of our community. Volunteer opportunities: Call (941) 371-8820 ext. 1800.

Suncoast Pajama Program

1770 S. Oval Drive, Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 350-5234

Collects new pajamas and books for foster and other vulnerable children, from newborn to 18 years old, in Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties. Chapter president: Valerie Dorr Mission statement: To provide comfort and love in the way of new pajamas and books, in order to create a warm and nurturing bedtime environment for vulnerable youngsters who are living under difficult circumstances. Volunteer opportunities: Sponsoring new pajama/new book drives, sorting and distributing, fund raising.

Sunshine From Darkness

(941) 308-MIND (6463)

Affiliated with the International Mental Health Research Organization. Chairs: Emily Walsh Parry, Lee Peterson, Janice Radder Mission statement: To raise awareness of mental illness and raise funds for research through special events and educational forums. Volunteer opportunities: Sunshine From Darkness Symposium: set up and break down information booths, handing out literature and collecting surveys, chauffeuring VIP scientists and special guests.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure—Florida Suncoast Affiliate

P.O. Box 12848, St. Petersburg, FL 33733

(877) 506-6927

Executive director: Gina Kravitz Mission statement: To save lives and end breast cancer by empowering people, ensuring quality of

care and energizing science to find cures. Volunteer opportunities: E-mail [email protected]

Take Stock in Children

of Sarasota County

P.O. Box 48186, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 358-4407

Scholarship and mentoring program for at-risk youth from low-income families. Executive director: Lisa A. Bechtold Mission statement: To identify at-risk youth, place them in an environment of success, provide them with mentors and program support/case management to enable them to achieve high school graduation and gain entrance into post-secondary education. Volunteer opportunities: Mentoring, special events, committees, life skills and career development trainers.

Teen Court of Sarasota

P.O. Box 48927, Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 861-8460

Screening at-risk youth for intervention and diversion from the traditional court system. Student volunteers are trained by local judges and attorneys about court procedures in order to participate as jurors, teen attorneys, clerks and bailiffs in a court Executive director: M. Kathleen Self Mission statement: Based on evidence that youth violators are less likely to re-offend when a peer jury decides punishment. Volunteer opportunities: Adult attorneys and judges; students to serve as jurors and other officers in the court.

Temple Beth Sholom Schools: Justin Lee Wiesner Preschool and Goldie Feldman Academy

1050 S. Tuttle Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 552-2770

Both schools are part of Temple Beth Sholom, a conservative Jewish congregation. Executive director: Kavita Vasil Mission statement: To offer an exemplary academic program recognizing the gifts of each child and helping each child achieve his highest potential while guiding him through Jewish traditions. Volunteer opportunities: Contact [email protected]

TideWell Hospice and Palliative Care

5955 Rand Blvd.,

Sarasota, FL 34238

(941) 552-7500

The local not-for-profit hospice since 1980, TideWell cares for patients with advanced illness and their families. Serving residents of Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties. President and CEO: Marge Maisto Mission statement: To provide the highest quality of care that embraces a comprehensive continuum of services for patients and families dealing with advanced illness. Volunteer opportunities: Patient/family support, clerical activities, life review, expressive arts, greeters at hospice houses, pet therapy, clowning, gardening, music programs and more.

Trinity Charities Inc.

7225 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 355-0847

Trinity Charities is a not-for-profit HIV/AIDS Service Organization providing education, support and financial aid to those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. Executive director: Hank Hueber Mission statement: To provide educational, prevention and support services related to HIV/AIDS for our population in Sarasota and Manatee counties and the surrounding underserved area. Volunteer opportunities: Bimonthly food pantry.

United Cerebral Palsy

of Sarasota-

Manatee Inc.

1090 S. Tamiami Trail,

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 957-3599

Executive director: Wendy Mann Resnick Mission statement: To provide people with disabilities the support necessary to enable them to live a full and productive life that includes a home, family, work and community participation. Volunteer opportunities: Reception, events.

United Nations Association

of the United States America

UNA-USA Sarasota-Manatee Chapter

P.O. Box 2427, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 359-9760

Nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to strengthening the United Nations system through the United States participation. One of 177 national chapters, the Sarasota-Manatee chapter is the largest of the 20 UNA USA chapters in Florida. President: Dorothy Watson Mission statement: To educate, inspire and mobilize Americans to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations, strengthening the UN systems and achieving the goals of the UN charter. Volunteer opportunities: Program development, public relations, fund raising, computer technology, hospitality, speaker’s bureau, special events, Young Professionals for International Cooperation (YPIC), committee chairs: education, membership, community liaison.

United Way 2-1-1 of Manasota

1445 Second St.,

Sarasota, FL 34236

211; (941) 308-HELP (4357)

Centralized hub for information and referral in three counties, quickly linking citizens with the community resources they need. Operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Executive director: Jessica Ventimiglia Mission statement: To expedite the exchange of information between clients and service providers, to improve the health and wellbeing of citizens.

United Way of Sarasota County Inc.

1445 Second St.,

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-2686

Since 1947, United Way of Sarasota County has been a critical part of this community. The organization works to advance the common good by focusing on education, income and health. These are the building blocks for a good life—a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health. President and CEO: Alexander L. Young Mission statement: To improve the lives of people and their families by mobilizing and uniting the caring power of the community. Volunteer opportunities: Visit

Assets: $5,705,000

Total services, including grants: $4,685,000

Number of grants: 85

Range of grants: $5,000-$185,000

United Way of South Sarasota County

7810 S. Tamiami Trail, A-4,

Venice, FL 34293

(941) 408-0595

Funding 47 local programs through 31 local agencies serving the people of Venice, North Port, Englewood, Laurel, Nokomis and Osprey. Executive director: Steve Brett Mission statement: To increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another. Volunteer opportunities: Community impact committee, community partnership committee, events committee.

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

8350 N. Tamiami Trail,

Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 359-4340

Upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level programs and continuing professional education. Chancellor: Dr. Arthur Guilford Mission statement: To provide the skills and knowledge base essential for regional growth and

to serve the intellectual and economic needs of the region. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Van Wezel Foundation

777 N. Tamiami Trail,

Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 366-5578

Mission statement: To

enrich lives—with an emphasis on children—through the performing arts while supporting the needs of the region’s premier performing arts hall. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Venice Area Beautification

257 N. Tamiami Trail,

Venice, FL 34285

(941) 207-8224

Nurtures and develops enhancement and beautification projects, including the Venetian Waterway Park, Patriots Park, public art murals and the Venice Arboretum. Executive director: Debbie Luce Mission statement: To make the Venice area a more beautiful place to live, work and play. Volunteer opportunities: Trailblazer bike patrol, Pepper Patrol, trailhead/office, special events.

Venice Art Center

390 Nokomis Ave. S.,

Venice, FL 34285

(941) 485-7136

Begun in 1958, the area’s oldest and largest community art center, offering local and nationally recognized exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, glass, photography and more,

lectures, art classes for all ages, fine art sales and a gift gallery. Mission statement: To stimulate and encourage the appreciation of art; to provide cultural resources to the community and encourage the knowledge and appreciation of visual art in all its forms today and in the future. Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising, exhibition committee, receiving and hanging, opening receptions, reception desk, gift shop.

The Venice Symphony

P.O. Box 1561, Venice, FL 34284

(941) 488-1010

75-piece symphony orchestra that presents classical, pops, a small ensemble series and a summer music camp. Executive director: Jean Peters Mission statement: To present symphonic concerts and promote an appreciation of musical arts in the community. Volunteer opportunities: Usher, fund raising.

Venice Theatre

140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice, FL 34285

(941) 488-1115

Award-winning community theater. Artistic and executive director: Murray Chase Mission statement: To make a dramatic impact on all stages of life. Volunteer opportunities: Performing, technical theater, scenery construction, painting, costume construction, box office, ushering and mailing.

WEDU Channel 3,

Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting Inc.

1300 North Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607

(800) 354-9338

Florida’s most-watched PBS station, WEDU, supported primarily through individual memberships, serves 16 counties in West Central Florida. President and CEO: Richard M. Lobo Chairman of the board: Barry Alpert Mission statement: To provide and produce superior quality education, information and entertainment services, creating a wide realm of experiences for a diverse audience. Volunteer opportunities: Fund-raising and community outreach events, membership drives, office support, special mailings and Community Advisory Board.

The Wellness Community

3900 Clark Road, Building P-3,

Sarasota, FL 34233

(941) 921-5539

Nonmedical support organization for cancer patients and family members. Executive director: Jay R. Lockaby Mission statement: To help people affected by cancer enhance their health and well-being through participation in a professional program of emotional support, education and hope. Volunteer opportunities: Outreach, clerical, fund raising, event support.

West Coast Civic Ballet

2251 Hickory Ave., Sarasota, 34234

(941) 504-6762

Provides quality dance performances in classical ballet and contemporary dance for audiences of all ages. Executive director: Deborah Vinton Mission statement: To provide quality training and performance opportunities for area artists in classical and contemporary dance to enhance community appreciation and participation in visual and performing arts. Volunteer opportunities: Production, costumes, sets, props, backstage, box office, ushering, office help, fund raising.


(Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe)

P.O. Box 1086, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 928-0567

The 2009-2010 season will feature three musicals. Producing artistic director: Nate Jacobs Mission statement: To celebrate black artists and their works and expose the community to multicultural art. Volunteer opportunities: Administrative work, office and technical crew.

Westcoast Center for Human Development

403 N. Washington Blvd.,

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-4539,, and

Center of schools and programs that aim to advance spiritual growth and enlightenment through music, prayer and healing. Executive directors: Bishop Henry L. Porter and Marvin Hendon, Ph.D. Mission statement: Serve as a multiracial, multicultural center for human development, helping people reach their maximum potential. Volunteer opportunities: Mentors, tutors, fund raisers, talent and folk show participants, musicians to work with children, public relations, marketing, ticket sales, learning and interaction speakers for students.

Wildlife Center of Venice

3252 Border Road,

Venice, FL 34292

(941) 484-9657

Sarasota County’s only active state and federally permitted wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center that treats more than 3,000 injured and orphaned birds, mammals and reptiles annually. Executive director: Kevin Barton Mission statement: To rescue, rehabilitate and release sick, injured and orphaned Florida wildlife. Also providing educational programs on environmental issues and conservation. Volunteer opportunities: Rescue, rehab support (cleaning and feeding), property management, construction, education, fund raising.

William G. Selby & Marie Selby Foundation

1800 Second St., Suite 750,

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 957-0442

Donates grants for capital projects to nonprofit organizations in Sarasota and surrounding counties. President: Sarah H. Pappas Mission statement: To invest in people through academic scholarships

and support of capital projects of local organizations.

As of May 31, 2009

Assets: $72,918,068

Total grants: $2.46 million

Number of grants: 33

Rangeofgrants: $10,000-$250,000

Average grants size: $68,000

The Woman’s Exchange

539 S. Orange Ave.,

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 955-7859

Established in 1962, a nonprofit, tax-exempt consignment store whose revenues provide direct grants to local arts organizations and to individual students pursuing an education in the arts. Awarding more than $7 million to date. President: Kraig H. Koach Mission statement: To enrich and strengthen arts-related programs and to encourage creativity in organizations and individuals throughout the community. Merchandise to be sold in the store is accepted either for donation or consignment. Volunteer opportunities: Cashier, intake, pricing, sales, wrappers.

Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County

340 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 366-1700

Empowers women to achieve financial and emotional independence through support, education and career training, networking and referral services. Includes campuses in Sarasota, Venice, North Port and Englewood/Cape Haze. Executive director: Janice Zarro Mission statement: To empower women to achieve their full emotional and economic potential through education, support, networking and referrals. Volunteer opportunities: Peer counseling, administrative support, Encore! & more consignment shop, events, committees.

World Dance Arts Foundation Inc.

100 Third Ave. W., Suite 170, Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 758-9129

Develops, funds and sponsors curriculum-based social dance programs for public school students (elementary and middle). Has shared the joy of dancing with more than 4,000 students in Sarasota and Manatee counties thus far. Executive director: Anna Christine Smart Mission statement: To promote, educate and expand the art of ballroom dancing. Volunteer opportunities: Teacher’s aides in public school classrooms to assist our qualified ballroom instructors.


P.O. Box 2540, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 894-6469

A low-power, noncommercial radio station serving the residents of Sarasota. Executive director: Arlene Sweeting Mission statement: To feature locally produced programming and present cultural, artistic and political perspectives currently underrepresented in the media; to inform and empower listeners to play an active role in WSLR and in their community. Volunteer opportunities: Program hosting, event help, music librarian, office work.

WUSF Public Broadcasting

4202 E. Fowler Ave., TVB 100,

Tampa, FL 33620

(813) 974-8700

A public service media organization that celebrates educational, cultural and artistic excellence and is an authentic source of information for people of the greater Tampa Bay and Sarasota region. General manager: JoAnn Urofsky Mission statement: To provide the community with outstanding educational, cultural and public affairs programming, productions and community outreach services through our media platforms: radio, television, the Radio Reading Service and the Internet. Volunteer opportunities: Mailings, telephones, membership campaigns, station tours and reading for the visually impaired.

YMCA Foundation

of Sarasota Inc.

1 S. School Ave., Suite 302,

Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 951-1336

President: Karin E. Gustafson, CFRE Mission statement: To support the mission of the Sarasota Family YMCA by raising financial support for programs, services and facilities. Volunteer opportunities: Board, estate sales, office, community coalition for children.

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